Coyotes on the Appalachian Trail

Approximately 2 feet tall, 4 feet long and weighing 20-40 pounds, Coyotes inhabit the entire length of the AT.

Their coat is gray or reddish gray, and their tails are bushy and have a black tip. Coyotes prey upon small rodents, birds, eggs, and young or hurt deer, though are frightened of humans and thus, are not dangerous to hikers.

Some coyotes may follow a hiker in anticipation of catching some crumbs, but the coyote will usually be at least 30 minutes in the hiker's trail. coyotes

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